November 27

Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom…

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:[3b-6], 17-19


Habakkuk, grieved by injustice and suffering, longs for God to respond. God does, saying that “there is still a vision for the appointed time…” Habakkuk holds to faith, “Though the fig tree does not blossom…yet I will rejoice.”

Prayer of Confession

Faithful God, 

We cry to you from a broken world;

violence and wrongdoing abound, 

destruction and division surround us.

Help us to know that you are near.

Help us to trust that you hear us;

and help us to hear your voice through it all. 

Holy One, renew our vision; 

  our sight grows weary

as move from crisis to crisis.

Help us to keep watch for the signs of your coming.

Though the world around us tremble,

help us to find strength in you.

Congregational Song Suggestions

Be Thou My Vision

ELW 793, GTG 450, VT 549

Blessed Be Your Name (Te bendeciré)

SSS 449, VT 637

En ti, Señor, mi alma encuentra paz

SSS 75

For You, O Lord, My Soul in Stillness Waits

GTG 89

“Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming

ELW 272, GTG 129, VT 216

“How Long, O God Will My Prayers Be in Vain?”

GTG 779

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

– O Antiphon for the day: O come, thou Desire of nations…

ELW 257, GTG 88, VT 210

“Out of the Depths”

Martin Luther’s paraphrase of Ps 130 in various translations

Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom

Jacque Jones, Text

Ben Brody, Tune

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“When Hope Is Crushed”

Adam M. L. Tice, text

Mark Miller, tune

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“When the Fig Tree Fails to Blossom”

David Gambrell, text

Mark Miller, tune

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Beyond the Hymnal

 “The Rose”

by Amanda McBroom